Osmania University tense after man’s body found

Osmania University tense after man’s body found
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A pitched battle between students of Osmania University and the police on Wednesday resulted in seven policemen being injured. Tension built up as the police were shifting the body of a man found dead inside a water tank on the campus. 

Hyderabad: A pitched battle between students of Osmania University and the police on Wednesday resulted in seven policemen being injured. Tension built up as the police were shifting the body of a man found dead inside a water tank on the campus.

  • Seven policemen injured in stone pelting
  • Students, mistaking the body of a man in water tank as that of their comrade, stage sit-in and go on the rampage
  • The deceased is identified as a labourer who is said to have got into the tank and suffocated to death

Deputy Commissioner of Police (east zone), A Ravindar, said, “The protesting students held a sit-in raising slogans and did not allow the police to shift the body despite showing them the identity card of the deceased that established that he was not a student. The students later started pelting police with stones. However, the protesters have been dispersed and efforts are on to nab those who hurled stones.”

Earlier, the students, after learning that the body of a man was found in the water tank, gathered in large numbers and started protesting, claiming that the deceased was a student and alleged that he had committed suicide.

They also demanded an inquiry into his death. When the policemen were in the process of shifting the body for postmortem, the protesting students tried to prevent them and suddenly started pelting stones. “The students claimed that the deceased was a student, but infact it is not so,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (Kachiguda Division) Ch Laxminaryana said.

He said the deceased had been identified as Bathula Tilari Babu, 20, a labourer of Manikeswar Nagar adjoining the OU, who had got inside the tank for swimming a couple of days ago, but his body was found on Wednesday. “He (the deceased) seems to be a drunkard and he got inside the tank in view of the summer to cool himself...it seems he died due to suffocation and drowned,” the ACP said based on preliminary investigation.

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